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RCIA Network (England & Wales)

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RCIA NetworkTheological and Pastoral Principles

Recognising the fundamental mission of the Church to evangelise, the twenty-one Dioceses of England & Wales are, to a greater or lesser extent, engaged in the liturgical-catechetical process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or ‘catechumenate’  as the sacramental process that enables parish communities to initiate new members into the Body of Christ through the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  The process is commonly referred to in many parishes as ‘The Journey in Faith’.

The English-language text of the RCIA , described as ‘the exemplar and rule for all initiation’,  became mandatory for use in the Dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland on 1st Sunday of Advent 1988.   Since this time, many people, clergy and lay, have played their part in making real ‘the Church’s desire to restore the adult catechumenate to its rightful place in the life of our communities.

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